Teachers

CDW is fortunate in having three teachers of English country dance as well as, on occasion, entertaining guest teachers.  Meet our talented ‘resident’ teachers:

Orly Krasner_Graduation from CDW_05122005      Orly Krasner

(biographical paragraph forthcoming)

biopic-Judi     Judi Rivkin

(biographical paragraph forthcoming)

PRoss calling_2009 Synergy     Paul Ross

Paul Ross has been dancing English country dance since 1971, when he joined the University of Chicago Country Dancers under the direction of Pat Talbot.  She was an inspired teacher and leader, who taught English and Scottish country dancing, morris, gamalpolska, and hambo. When Pat left, Paul took over the calling. Looking back at that time, Paul observes, “I knew so little then–and am still learning all these years later.”

In 1981 Paul followed his girlfriend (and now wife), Faina, to New York City and promptly joined the country dance scene there, dancing at Duane Hall and serving on the New York Dance Activities Committee, the precursor of CD*NY. His teachers were the master callers of those years: Genny Shimer, Christine Helwig, Fried Herman, Sue Salmons, Bertha Hatvary, and others, and he had the privilege of dancing to Phil Merrill’s and Marshall Baron’s playing, both legendary musicians of English country dancing.

In 1993, Paul became an apprentice caller in Westchester, studying under Christine Helwig and Fried Herman. Fried, in particular, was the major influence on Paul’s dancing and on his understanding and vision of what ECD is. To help preserve that vision and the dances that Fried created Paul founded The Lenox Assembly in Lenox, MA., in 2009, a dance weekend co-led with Robin Hayden that is dedicated to the art of dancing well. You may see some of the results of this effort on his Childgrove YouTube channel.

Paul currently teaches regularly in White Plains, NY, with the Country Dancers of Westchester and in New York with CD*NY He occasionally teaches at local dances in New York state and western New England, was on the staff at Pinewoods for two years, and assisted Fried Herman at the Fried for All in Lenox, MA, and the Fried for All West in Seattle. In 2010 at CDW’s invitation, he reinstituted its Ease and Elegance workshop, formerly led by Fried Herman.

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